Sheriff considers changes to correction officer residency requirement

CHENANGO COUNTY – Faced with a staffing shortage and a diminishing list of eligible applicants, the Chenango County Sheriff is pitching an idea to change residency requirements for correction officers employed at the county jail.

Since correction officers are public officers, they’re required under state law to reside in New York to accept and continue employment. For decades, many counties and municipalities, including Chenango County, have also included residency requirements that mandate officers to live in the communities they serve; however, many communities are becoming less stringent, allowing sworn officers to live outside their boundaries.

Chenango Sheriff Ernest Cutting says it may be time for Chenango County to follow suit.

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